Thursday, May 21, 2015
goals for 2015, which was to finish the Spanish portion of Duolingo. If you have studied a language in the past and want to review, this website and app are worth looking at. I have been recommending it to my friends here who want to improve their Spanish. One thing I am glad to note is that although I finished all the levels, there are still opportunities to practice.
Thursday, May 14, 2015
It is getting close to the end of my time here, and one of my friends recommended that I take pictures of the ordinary things...as later I will be glad I did. These pictures should give you a better idea of what Guanajuato is like.
Thursday, May 7, 2015
Thursday, April 30, 2015
museum about the classic story it seemed like a good idea. There is a Cervantes library here with lots of copies of the book...in many languages including English. So reading the book became a goal, which I completed yesterday. This version is long-940 pages-but the newest English translation in the library here. It took a long time (over 16 hours), and I do not think I would have persevered in reading it if I had been in the States. I wanted to know why it is so famous, and am not sure I know. Don Quixote is the main character, and his companion in his exploits is Sancho Panza. Anyone reading it would quickly come to the conclusion that the two of them are obviously crazy. There adventures are at times entertaining, and there are stories within the story. But parts of the book are just plain long-Quixote is fond of talking a lot, much of it lunacy. Thankfully, once part 2 started, it seemed to get better, and move along more quickly. Maybe because of the length of the book, or being distracted by reading such a long book, sometimes I could not keep all the characters straight. Have you read the book? It might be worth reading, but sometime when you have lots of extra time and are feeling diligent.
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
It turns out to be something to laugh about, but also a good lesson. My Spanish speaking friends thought I would know what the place would be since I know a fair amount of Spanish. I never asked what was at Balneario de Comanjilla or if I needed to bring anything special. I need to remember to ask for more details, and I think my friend will remember to be more specific. The good thing about this lesson is was funny instead of difficult, like some lessons tend to be.
Friday, April 24, 2015
The last thing that has been taking up my time is reading Don Quixote. There is an English copy in the library which I cannot check out, so have been spendt a fair amount of time reading there. Progress is slow, but I may be able to finish it by the end of next week.